Rebels land another quarterback

The UNLV football staff knows how much a tough, athletic quarterback can help a football team win using the spread-option offense. In fact, Coach Mike Sanford used such a quarterback, Alex Smith, to win a lot of games while at the University of Utah.

The Rebel coaches secured a commitment from such a player when the State's Most Valuable player, 6-2 180 pound quarterback O'Ryan Bradley, committed to UNLV on Sunday morning. "Yeah, I did commit to UNLV today; I am pretty excited about being a Rebel."

Bradley is, quite simply, the best quarterback to come out of Las Vegas since former Green Valley High School phenom Jon Denton.

Bradley, however, has had a lot more team success winning back-to-back state titles at Las Vegas High school while appearing in three consecutive state title games. In fact, only current Nevada star Jeff Rowe can rival Bradley in the claim to being the best high school quarterback the state has seen in recent years.

Take a look at Bradley's numbers while running UNLV's spread-option at Las Vegas High School. That is right; the Wildcats used Sanford's offense to win back to back state titles with Bradley at the helm. And a great job of running it they did.

Bradley completed nearly 60% of his 311 passes for over 2,700 yards. O'Ryan also threw 29 touchdowns against only 5 interceptions.

Good stuff right? Well, Sanford's offense also needs a quarterback that can run the ball. Bradley didn't disappoint there either as he used his legitimate 4.6 forty speed to rush for 633 yards on 86 carries while scoring 14 more touchdowns.

Those stats were a major reason why Bradley won the state's player of the year award.

Another similarity between Bradley and Utah's Alex Smith was the recruiting attention they received coming out of high school. Both players garnered exactly one offer from D-1 colleges after their senior season. We all know how well Smith did under Sanford's tutelage, let's hope for similar success from O'Ryan Bradley. He thinks he can get it done, "We ran that offense in high school. I like it a lot and I really think we are going to get it done at UNLV." When asked about the other school that recruited him but failed to offer, Bradley was short and to the point. : I had interest from Western Michigan and Nevada-Reno but they didn't offer. That is okay, though, because UNLV was my number one school and I can't wait to get started at UNLV." Welcome aboard, O'Ryan Bradley!

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